December 27th, 2006
Hawaii recently made available the new permit forms for shipping directly to consumers. Even though Hawaii passed a new limited-direct model that technically went into effect on July 1st, 2006, most wineries continued to ship under the previous reciprocity rules because Hawaii did not give clear guidance on how to get permits and report under the new rules. Most hoped that the new legislation would mean a uniform, state-wide permit and reporting system, but effective January 1st, 2007, wineries must receive a separate permit from each Hawaii county before they make shipments in 2007. They must also register with the Hawaii Department of Taxation by completing the State of Hawaii Basic Business Application. Permitted wineries can ship up to six nine-liter cases to any household on an annual basis. Below are the permits for each of the four counties.